Malicious Destruction of Property in Massachusetts

While accidents happen, intentionally and maliciously destroying the property of another is against the law. If you are convicted of malicious destruction of property, you could face serious penalties. Upon being charged, you should immediately consult an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. 

Converting Criminal Offenses to Civil Infractions in Massachusetts

Criminal offenses are divided into misdemeanors and felonies in Massachusetts, the latter of which are typically more serious and carry more severe penalties. While misdemeanors are less severe in our state, they can still result in undesirable consequences. In some cases, it may be possible to have a misdemeanor offense reduced and converted to a civil infraction, which is not … Read More

Massachusetts Domestic Assault Court Process

For those who have been charged with and convicted of domestic assault charges in Massachusetts, the consequences can be very serious. Indeed, a person could potentially face jail or prison time, large fines, and other penalties—including losing custody of children in some cases. If you are charged with domestic assault, our experienced attorney is here to help you understand the … Read More

Receiving Stolen Property in Massachusetts

Taking the property of another without permission is undoubtedly and obviously a crime in Massachusetts. But did you know that you could face criminal charges for receiving stolen property in Massachusetts? If you are facing criminal charges for receiving stolen property, it’s important that you understand your rights and legal options. Learn more about how this crime is defined, the … Read More

How a DUI Affects Your Car Insurance in Massachusetts

Being charged and convicted of a DUI can have serious consequences on your life. Indeed, not only will being convicted of a DUI mean a black mark on your criminal record, but you may also face jail time, fines, mandatory education and rehabilitation classes, and legal fees. What’s more, your car insurance may be impacted, too. Here’s what you should … Read More

What is an “Admission to Sufficient Facts” in Massachusetts?

When you are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, you have the opportunity to defend yourself against the charges. As part of that defense, you have the right to view the prosecution’s evidence against you. In some cases, evidence may be insufficient, or it may even have been unconstitutionally obtained and subject to dismissal by the court as such. In … Read More

School and Park Zone Violations in Massachusetts 

Being charged with drug distribution or possession is a serious crime in Massachusetts, and one that can result in large fines and even potential prison time—sometimes for years—depending on the severity of the offense. If you are found to be in possession of drugs or trafficking drugs in a school or park zone, the offense is even more serious. At … Read More

Pretrial Diversion in Massachusetts

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, there may be options for you outside of just going through a trial to await a finding of guilty or not guilty. Indeed, in addition to pursuing justice, one important purpose of the criminal justice system is rehabilitation. As such, pretrial diversion is a potential alternative to the prosecution of a … Read More

Pretrial Detention and Probation in Massachusetts

Being charged with a crime in Massachusetts is not only a scary and potentially overwhelming event, but it is also something that opens up the door to an array of complex legal proceedings to come. Following an arrest, these proceedings are kicked off with a pretrial detention hearing. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our criminal defense attorney … Read More

Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF) in Massachusetts

Being arrested and charged with a crime can have an impact on your future and opportunities. But even worse than being arrested and charged with a crime is actually being convicted. Not only may you have to face jail or prison time, as well as large fines and fees, if you are convicted, but you also have to go through … Read More